I like to think of myself as a generalist (see quote below) and I strive toward balance in everything that I do. I think that much of the stress in our culture is the result of having way too much choice. There are usually too many options on a menu, too many shoes in a store and infinite number of directions for a life`s path. I think most of our choices are between many great options and that keeping focus on the big picture is key to the balancing act of a positive, productive and well-lived life. I like to spend most of time outdoors. These years I choose to split my time pretty evenly between supervising planting projects and living aboard and sailing my little boat (currently in the Ragged Islands).
I don’t view work as separate from the rest of life and the same principles guide my work as everything else that I do. Honesty, openness, integrity and self-reliance are some of the values that I promote most for myself and seek in others. I feel privileged to live when and where I do. I believe that most things are more valuable when you`ve had to work hard to achieve them and I tend to seek out extreme challenges strive to do them very well. This is probably the single biggest draw that the tree-planting industry has for me – I feel driven to master the nearly impossibly complex logistical labyrinth that this business creates.
I`ve been working a wide variety of jobs in the woods for a decade now. Within silviculture my experience runs the gamut of planting, checking, running crews, and supervising projects. I`ve worked all over the place from the rocky flats of Ontario, the sandy flats of Alberta, the mountains of the BC coast and of course, the vast and varied BC interior. I`m passionate about tree-planting and enjoy it all, all the jobs in all the places. I`ve been with Summit for the past 9 years, I have a great respect for everywhere involved in what we do and have never found a better place to work.
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
-Robert A. Heinlein